Setting yourself up. Prince HarryHe opened up about his life and shared his feelings with Meghan Markle in the United States two years after their exit from their senior royal duties — and he made it clear that he has no regrets.
“Home for me now is, for the time being, is in the States and it feels that way, as well,” the 37-year-old Invictus Games founder said during his Wednesday, April 20, interview with Today‘s Hoda Kotb. “We’ve been welcomed with open arms and have such a great community in Santa Barbara, [California].”
When asked whether it felt odd to say that he’s more comfortable on the West Coast than in his native London, Harry replied, “No. … But I’m sure it’ll become a thing.”
The Duke of Sussex and SuitsThe 40-year-old alum relocated to the U.S. in 2020 after they announced their plans to retire from the royal spotlight. Us WeeklyThe couple, who share a son Archie, 2 and a daughter Lilibet (10 months), visited earlier this month. Queen Elizabeth IIThey are on their way to the Netherlands to take part in the Invictus games.
“Both Meghan and I had tea with her. It was really nice to catch up with her,” Harry gushed on Wednesday, adding that the monarch was in “great form” ahead of her milestone 96th birthday, which she’ll celebrate on Thursday, April 21.
This was the first meeting of its kind. BenchAuthor returned to the U.K. after leaving the palace. Harry visited the U.K. on several occasions, including the funeral of Prince Philip in April 2021. A source told however that the author was not present at the funeral. Use Prince William Duchess Kate “were not in attendance” during Harry and Meghan’s recent Windsor Castle visit.
“It was purely coincidental,” the insider said of the brothers’ missed connection. “Harry is coming back to visit soon and hopes to see William in person. They are trying their best to figure it out. … Harry and Meghan had a wonderful time seeing the queen again. It was one of the biggest highlights of their year so far.”
Since their exit, which was made permanent in February 2021, the Archewell cofounders haven’t always seen eye to eye with Harry’s relatives across the pond. While they’re happy to have their fresh start, the transition out of their senior roles came with plenty of challenges.
“I don’t know how many people feel truly peaceful, you know? At times, I feel massively at peace,” Harry confessed on Today. “But with everything that’s going on in the world and trying to help and use the platform … I think the biggest concern or the biggest issue that people wrestle with on a daily basis is the [sense of] helplessness.”
Inspiration came from his work with Invictus Games. “We as human beings are compassionate people,” he continued. “But when your life becomes really hard, it can be, for some, harder to find compassion for other people. What I’ve learned over the years, certainly for myself, is that I find healing through helping other people.”
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